Polocrosse gallops into Laidley
RUMBLING hooves thundered in Laidley as almost 200 players and their horses did battle in the Lockyer Valley polocrosse carnival at the Laidley Showgrounds.
Polocrosse is a team sport on horseback, combining the speed of polo, the strategy and tactics of netball, the toughness of rugby and AFL and the ball handling ability of lacrosse.
It is an exciting spectator sport involving speed and stamina and also demands lightning quick reflexes in both horse and rider.
It originated in Australia in 1939 and is one of only three sports Australia can truly claim as its own along with Australian Rules Football and campdrafting.
A sport the whole family can play, polocrosse caters for everyone from the expert to the casual player.
Polocrosse is a fast and fun sport where male and female players can compete equally in the same team and the Lockyer Valley Polocrosse Club is gaining momentum from a small club struggling to host their home carnival two years ago.
The club increased their membership by a third last year and in 2015 have had some new younger players join the club, along with a couple of families return to play.
Before the recent carnival in Laidley, Lockyer Valley Polocrosse Club secretary Scott Colwell said they had the most players for six years.
One of the players taking to the field for Lockyer Valley was Queensland representative Rachel Stringfellow, who started off playing polocrosse as a junior.
Rachel rose through the ranks from juniors to representing Queensland at the Barastoc Interstate Series three years running.
She has recently been selected by the Polocrosse Association of Australia for an Australian Development team to compete in Sydney in June.
The development teams are used to train players for possible future international competition.